While visiting EuroShop last month in Dusseldorf, Germany, it was striking to me how big the global retail industry really is. PRSM Association members were among the 109,000 attendees from 110 nations at the trade fair. EuroShop is the largest retail trade fair in the world featuring the upcoming products available to the global retail market. Not only were there seasoned professionals, but there were tons of young adults from universities throughout Europe waiting for their turn in the retail industry.
Traditionally focused on design and construction, this year’s fair also featured many new features relevant to facilities maintenance and sourcing professionals who have the responsibility for maintaining the unique shop fitting and design elements of retail stores. Lighting technology was once again a big draw for the attendees with LED lighting dominating the scene. Unique flooring options were also prevalent and viable alternatives for high traffic retail environments.
While at EuroShop, PRSM hosted an International Retail Exchange for approximately 20 European and U.S. Retail facilities professionals. During the morning session, they had the opportunity to discuss current challenges of facilitating maintenance requests across country lines and finding qualified vendors to service their stores. Retailers attending were from Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Bose, Fossil, Gap, and Tumi.
I left Dusseldorf with a renewed respect for what retail professionals bring to the industry. Their creativity, knowledge, and ingenuity make this a remarkable industry. Follow this link for more information on EuroShop 2014.